Very interesting footage leading 3News tonight, and I suspect that there will be some in the Labour hierachy who are very upset that a plonker by the name of Len Richards stole Dear Leader's thunder. Here 'tis:
Two issues stand out here - firstly the inaction of the Police who witnessed a potentially serious assault with a weapon, then arrested those who complained about it. Also the bullshitting of Len Richards, firstly denying that he'd hit anyone, then changing his tune to say it wasn't deliberate and that he was "against violence" once told that 3News had footage of his actions.
Update: Have just seen the One News footage which shows, from a different angle, Richards hitting the protesters, then pushing through the police line to return to the conference. At least six police officers witnessed the assault, and did absolutely nothing. My respect for and confidence in the police is, sadly, diminishing.
More serious though is the hypocricy of the Government. At a time when millions of dollars of taxpayers' funds are being spent on an ad campaign to tell us "It's not OK", we have:
* the allegations of assault against David Benson-Pope (against students in his care - prima-facie case established but "not in the public interest" to prosecute),
*Trevor Mallard's assault on Tau Henare (and No Minister has a great rebuttal of Clarks "Henare started it" defence - http://nominister.blogspot.com/2007/11/right-wing-blogger-exposes-shady-pm.html)
*and now Len Richards' "hit them peacefully with a megaphone" blunder.
The TV ads are right - It's not OK - ever. However, it obviously IS OK if you are a member of the Labour Party.